Denise Goldberg's blog

Saturday, September 24, 2016

late season flowers

A pop of color from late season flowers creates a sense of magic.

late season flowers
in Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, PA

Friday, September 23, 2016

hiding in plain sight

As I walked through a garden this afternoon I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Then I didn't see it. I looked again, and found a praying mantis hiding in plain sight.

I find it amazing how much these big insects blend in with their surroundings.

praying mantis

Thursday, September 22, 2016

autumn crocus

Clumps of pink were scattered across the grass, a show of autumn crocus. It was a delight to see these autumn-blooming flowers that resemble the crocus we see in the spring.

Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is an autumn-blooming flower that resembles the true crocuses, but is a member of the Colchicaceae plant family, unlike the true crocuses which belong to the Iridaceae family. The name "naked lady" comes from the fact that the flowers emerge from the ground long after the leaves have died back.

from the Colchicum autumnale page on Wikipedia

Autumn crocus

Monday, September 19, 2016


As I walked the gardens at the Stevens-Coolidge Place I followed a butterfly that was enjoying the flowers. I'd like to think this beautiful creature posed for me but it was pure luck that the butterfly stayed still long enough for me to capture a picture.

butterfly, posed

Sunday, September 18, 2016

over the dunes

The dunes trail at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a short boardwalk loop that overlooks the ocean as you look across the dunes. The scrub and tree-covered dunes provide a sandy and green contrast to the ocean waters in the distance.

parker river national wildlife refuge dune loop

Saturday, September 17, 2016


This is a time of year when butterflies are happily wandering among flowers, challenging me to capture them with my camera.

monarch butterfly
monarch butterfly perched on a tithonia rotundifolia

Friday, September 16, 2016

art at Maudslay

September brings a several weeks long outdoor sculpture exhibit to Maudslay State Park. It's fun to walk through spaces where there is usually only naturally occurring color to find things that don't belong.

This morning was a perfect time to wander through the sculptures.

The theme of this year's exhibit is "blue".

Bluebells, by Bettina Turner

Words and Leaves (Blue), by Caroline Bagenal

More sculptures can be seen in the gallery starting with this photo and ending here.

wishing for rain

Weather wizard, are you listening?
We really need rain; can you send us some?

Over half of Massachusetts is in the midst of an extreme drought, with the area in danger of major crop losses and water restrictions more than doubling since last week, the US Drought Monitor said Thursday.
The widespread drought comes as Greater Boston experiences one of its driest periods in recent years. Rainfall is down 9.5 inches this year, and 18.5 inches since the start of 2015, according to the National Weather Service.

courtesy of the Boston Globe

It seems odd that this lack of water goes back to the beginning of 2015 given that was our year of never-ending snow.

I suspect that we all share a wish for rain.
Weather wizard, are you listening?

U.S. Drought Monitor, Northeast

source: U.S. Drought Monitor

Mass. drought worsens

source: Boston Globe, Drought continues to spread across Mass., unabated

Thursday, September 15, 2016


It was a delightful afternoon.

Yesterday was my garden volunteer morning. As we were weeding, pruning, and working to restore the garden's shine one, of my co-volunteers told me about a sunflower field in Newbury. It was clear to me that it was a "must see" place for me.

After returning home I checked the location of Colby Farms, grabbed my camera, and headed to the farmstand. I arrived to find a field of sunflowers that was planted for people to wander through. The wind was howling and the flowers were dancing, decorating the field with a splash of yellow.

I will happily return to walk among the flowers again.


More photos can be seen in the gallery sunflowers!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Monday was a day of garden visits. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine offered flowers, sculptures, a meditation garden and a fairy village. It was a good place to wander.

I loved the sculpted scarecrow in the children's garden.

sculpted scarecrow

As we approach the end of the summer season, flowers continue to decorate the garden in bright colors. Some wore a tinge of brown, others showed pure bright color.


More photos from the gardens can be seen in the gallery Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.